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NYC politician wants ban on fast-food meal toys

April 5, 2011 6:26:33 PM PDT
A New York City politician wants fast-food companies to stop giving away toys or trading cards with meals that are unhealthy for children.

City Councilman Leroy Comrie says he plans to introduce a bill Wednesday that will ban kid-friendly giveways from being packaged with fast-food meals unless they meet nutritional guidelines.

He says the bill will create an incentive for restaurants to cook up healthier options.

McDonald's Happy Meals, for example, would have to be under 500 calories, as well as low in fat and sodium.

The law was inspired by a similar San Francisco ordinance.

The New York State Restaurant Association said it was opposed to the legislation. A spokesman for the city chapter said the bill "robs parents of choice" and will be a burden on restaurants.

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